- an authoritative decree, sanction, or order: a royal fiat.
- a fixed form of words containing the word fiat, by which a person in authority gives sanction, or authorization.
- an arbitrary decree or pronouncement, especially by a person or group of persons having absolute authority to enforce it: The king ruled by fiat.
Origin of fiat
fiat justitia, ruat caelum
- let there be justice though the heavens fall.
- let there be light.
Examples from the Web for fiat
But the recent batch of polls shows Americans to be, what else, deeply split on whether Obama was right to do this by fiat.Staving Off a Democratic Civil War
December 2, 2014
The Senate had, in fact, been in pro forma session when Obama issued his fiat that the body was in recess.The ‘Defining Issue of Our Time’ Is Obama’s Constitutional Excesses
January 9, 2014
Coinbase and Vault of Satoshi both allow users to purchase Bitcoin with dollars and other fiat currency.Should Baby Boomers Invest in Bitcoin?
January 9, 2014
He has opted for Fiat cars instead of the armored Mercedes “Popemobile” favored by his predecessors.Germany’s Bishop of Bling
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 16, 2013
He also was named to the Group Executive Council (GEC) as head of Fiat Brand and CMO for Fiat in September 2011.The Hero Summit 2013 Speakers
September 10, 2013
The fiat demanded no limitation to her stay with “sister” Emma.The Hound From The North
He had to meet the tired, sweet servitors without and announce a man's fiat.The Prisoner
Fiat voluntas &c. thy will be done in earth as it is in heuen.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
He became the umpire of taste, and his word was received as the fiat of fashion.Evenings at Donaldson Manor
Maria J. McIntosh
The judge at last rises, and, with mock solemnity, delivers his fiat.Barn and the Pyrenees
Louisa Stuart Costello
- official sanction; authoritative permission
- an arbitrary order or decree
- mainly literary any command, decision, or act of will that brings something about
Word Origin and History for fiat
"authoritative sanction," 1630s, from Latin fiat "let it be done" (also used in the opening of Medieval Latin proclamations and commands), third person singular present subjunctive of fieri, used as passive of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Also sometimes a reference to fiat lux "let there be light" in the Book of Genesis.